A Cornerstone Vice President, Jerry Usry joined the firm in 2015. Prior to joining Cornerstone, Jerry was the principal and founder of Usry Consulting, Inc. (UCI), which was a successfull full service public affairs consulting firm headquartered in Albany, Georgia.
Under retainer with a number of corporate, governmental and association clients, the firm has established a strong track record of accomplishments with both the Georgia General Assembly and the U.S. Congress. From securing multi-million dollar appropriations projects, to drafting and implementing complex legislative strategies, he has consistently achieved client goals and enjoys long-term business relationships as a result. Jerry played a major role in the reform of the Georgia Tax Code, a rewrite of state health and water planning laws, new food safety reporting statutes and the establishment and funding of a university based, children’s nutrition research program.
He has been appointed by both Democrat and Republican Governors to a variety of government policy posts, including the Georgia Rural Development Council and the ACT-ACF Water Compacts Advisory Committee. He has also been recognized by prestigious organizations for professional accomplishments including Georgia Trend's 40 Under 40, Rising Star in Business and Politics (2000) as well as the National Award for Excellence in Government Relations by the American Society of Association Executives (1998). Jerry is an original member of Governor Nathan Deal’s (R-GA) Finance Committee (2009) and was appointed to his Inaugural Executive Committee (2010). In 2011 he was named by James Magazine as one of the Top Ten Independent Lobbyists in Georgia.
Jerry is a lifelong Georgian and a native of Athens, earning a B.S.A. and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Prior to the establishment of his consulting practice, Jerry was a staff director of a major commodity organization and a regional administrator for a state agency. He is a member of the Georgia Professional Lobbyist Association, Georgia Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Council, Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Georgia Agribusiness Council.